"This is a Jehovah's Witness therapist who is only interested in her religion and her family. She is NOT dedicated to the client AT ALL! She has a generic method of dealing with every client in the same way and is not open to any criticism or suggestions in changing, even if you bring to her attention that a particular method is not working for you. At that point she will try to find a reason to pass you off on someone else instead of dealing with the situation or making an adjustment. She is very quick to cancel appointments no matter how much you rely on those sessions and repeatedly brings up issues concerning her own family problems that she is experiencing and how she must be present for those instead. Marilyn Young-Mendenhall clearly chose this profession in order to work less hours while making enough money to support herself in her religious goals and agenda. She is not at all dedicated to the needs of the client, so do not think that she will be concerned with you. If you are in real need of a good psychologist, I would NOT choose this person as you will not get your needs taken care of! This profession is not the right one for her and she starts on a path that she is not capable of finishing and claims that she is "part-time" when she cannot finish the job. She will leave you hanging. She is also NOT qualified to handle any deeper issues. She is probably able to fly under the radar because most of her clients are Jehovah's Witnesses and are probably too nice to file a complaint against her. And she also knows how to lie in order to protect herself from losing her license. Whether you are a Jehovah's Witness or not, I tell you, DO NOT USE THIS PERSON! You will be disappointed and will waste your money. Use someone else!"
December 24, 2014
What is Mental Health Care?
Mental health care refers to a broad group of professionals who work to keep people mentally well. Just as physical illness can cause unwanted aches and pains, mental illness can cause unwanted thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. Even people who are not dealing with a mental illness can suffer from the effects of a stressful situation and find it difficult to cope. Mental health care workers seek to improve the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of their clients, usually through therapy.
There are many kinds of mental health care providers. Some examples include psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, substance abuse professionals, and social workers. Mental health workers treat patients at all stages of life and through many common problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and several others.
Some of the symptoms that occur with mental health issues and may cause a person to seek treatment include:
Changes in eating or sleeping
Decreased energy, fatigue
Numbness or a lack of interest in life
Recurrent, persistent thoughts
Feeling unusually anxious, sad, angry, worried, or on edge
An inability to care for one’s self or perform daily tasks
Patients seeking mental health treatment have several options. The most widely used treatment is psychotherapy, also called talk therapy or simply ‘therapy’. In therapy, mental health workers guide patients as they talk about issues in their life and problem-solve ways to make positive, healthy changes. Some patients also take medication to treat mental illness. Medications are especially effective at treating the chemical imbalances behind more severe cases of depression, anxiety, and illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Many mental illnesses are treated with a combination of both medication and therapy. For example, in substance abuse care, medications to ease withdrawal symptoms are commonly used together with a specific kind of therapy called behavior therapy, which teaches patients how to handle challenging situations without drugs or alcohol. Mental health workers may also consult with physicians or use community resources to help patients function at their best.